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And the leaders of the Pig and Cow Contest after week #1 are…

The brackets have been divided in piles. But a clear cut winner has yet to be found.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Over 150 brackets were submitted in the Pig Shack/Sumner Newscow Pig and Cow Bracketbuster Challenge, and we have divided them into piles trying to figure out who might be in the lead after the first two rounds of last week, and those who might up end up with all the money and food.

The winner will win $100 in cash and a $100 gift certificate to great Pig Shack food! Second prize will be a $50 gift certificate to Pig Shack Barbecue and third prize will be a $25 gift certificate.

Currently, there are 11 of you, or less than 10 percent, who have all the Final Four teams correct. Since contestants are rewarded 32 points for picking the eventual national champion and 32 points for getting both finalists correct, that’s where the winners come from.

The key is to have the Final Four intact and the largest point totals in the opening two rounds. So with that in mind, here are the three contestants that we are deeming the leaders after two rounds:

Belle Plaine’s Bo Gooch, Caldwell’s Colten Ward make all-class honors in Topeka, Wichita newspapers

Colten Ward

Bo Gooch

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two Sumner County basketball players have been named first team players for their classifications in the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal post-season honors list.

Bo Gooch, a 5-11, sophomore for Belle Plaine, was recently named Class 3A first team. Gooch averaged 20 points per game and helped lead Belle Plaine to a fourth place finish in the Class 3A State Tournament in Hutchinson.

Colten Ward, a 5-10, senior for Caldwell was named to the Class 1A Div. II first team list. Ward averaged 14.5 ppg and helped the Bluejays finish third in the state.

Other Sumner County players listed were:


Wellington’s Lauryn Snipes named to All-State top 15 at state’s 2 largest newspapers

Lauryn Snipes shown with her parents Antoine and Krystal Snipes during a signing ceremony to Florida International University last fall.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The hits keep coming for Lauryn Snipes, the 6-1 senior for the Wellington girl basketball team.

Lauryn Snipes – Third team All-Stater in Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal.

Snipes was named to the top 15 Topeka Capital Journal and Wichita Eagle all-state girls basketball list. Snipes, who averaged 15.3 points per game for the Crusaders, also was named first team of the All Class 4A Div. 1 list by the state’s two largest newspapers.

Shayland French, a WHS junior; and Avery Rusk, a junior, was also named to the honorable mention lists of both newspapers.

This marks the second consecutive year that a WHS girl has been named to a statewide honor. Gracie Mitchell, now playing for the University of Nebraska, was named to the first team all-state list in 2016.

Snipes is one of Wellington’s leading career scorers.

She recently signed with Florida International University in the fall.

Caldwell’s Jalen Risley named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Jalen Risley vs. Wallace County. (photo by Karen Shellhammer).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is nearly impossible to pick a Big Cheese Athlete of the Week but after deliberation we are going to give the nod to Jalen Risley, a 6-0, 175, sophomore for the Caldwell boys basketball team.

Jalen Risley

Risley was key to Caldwell’s third place finish in the Class 1A Div. II state tournament in Dodge City last week.

He would score 9 points, six assists and 4 rebounds in Caldwell’s big 64-40 opening round victory over Axtell.

Then on Friday night, Risley was huge in the defining semifinal game with Wallace County. He would score 22 points and nab eight rebounds as the Bluejays lost a heartbreaker to the Sharon Springs based team 49-44.

Then in the third place game against Hutchinson Central Christian, Risley would go 5 of 9 for 15 points, while making seven rebounds. Caldwell would finish 22-3 for the season.

For his effort, Risley receives a FREE delicious large pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington.

Post-season honors: AV-CTL DIV, Central Plains, SCBL release their all-league lists for 2017

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Div. IV, Central Plains and the South-Central Border League coaches revealed their 2016-17 all-league selections on Monday after the state tournament.

Lauryn Snipes – AV-CTL DIV player of the year.

Wellington girls were especially dominant on the AV-CTL DIV all league honors. Lauryn Snipes was named the league player of the year. Snipes scored 15.3 points per game in helping the Crusader girls team win the sub-state championship and a first round berth in the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina.

Wellington’s Avery Rusk, a junior; and Shayland French, a junior, were also named to the first team AV-CTL IV. Wellington dominated the list getting three of the six nominations.

Tayland French was named to the second team as a senior. MeKenna Adams, a junior, was put on the honorable mention list.

On the boys side, A.J. Snipes, a junior, was named to the first team. He averaged 17.66 points per game helping the Crusaders to the sub-state championship. Ian King was a second team member and Cade Phelps was listed on the honorable mention list.

Other first team Sumner County members included:

Win $100 and a $100 gift certificate to the Pig Shack/Sumner Newscow NCAA Tournament Bracket contest

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Pig Shack Barbecue on 1102 North A Street and Sumner Newscow have teamed up for the “Pig and Cow Bracketbuster Challenge!” for the fifth consecutive year. The winner will win $100 in cash and $100 gift certificate to great Pig Shack food! Second prize will be a $50 gift certificate to Pig Shack Barbecue and third prize will be a $25 gift certificate.

Brackets can be picked up at the Pig Shack.

Or print off your PIG AND COW PRINTABLE BRACKET here.

Remember all entries must be handed in to the Pig Shack by noon on Thursday. Mail in brackets must be postmarked by Thursday to Sumner Newscow, ℅ Tracy McCue, 22 Sunset Road, Wellington, Kans. 67152. Late entries will not be accepted.

The rules are as follows:

Caldwell falls to Wallace County 49-44, plays for 3rd today

Caldwell found itself in a fierce battle with Wallace County, a program it has seen before in the state tournament. Colten Ward is shown above vying for the ball. (photo by Karen Shellhammer)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Caldwell boys fell behind by 15 points, and spent the second half digging out of their hole. They almost got out, losing to Wallace County-Sharon Springs 49-44 in the semifinals of the Class 1A Div. II tournament in Dodge City, Friday.

Caldwell will be playing Hutchinson Central Christian today at 2 p.m. for third place.

The Bluejays trademark defense had kept opponents all season from scoring more than 40 points. That defense didn’t show up in the first half as Wallace County built a 36-21 lead.

Marysville ends Belle Plaine’s state championship aspiration with 68-35 semifinal victory

Caleb Stover gets a bucket in second quarter vs. Marysville.

by Tracy McCue,  Sumner Newscow — The Belle Plaine Dragons have had a great run, but even they couldn’t combat the well-oiled machine that is Marysville and junior guard Gabe Pieschl.

The Dragons state championship aspirations are over after losing to Marysville 68-35 in the Class 3A semifinals at the Hutchinson Sports Center Friday afternoon.

Pieschl single-handedly scored 29 points – 25 of those in the first half helping Marysville coast to victory. Marysville never trailed in this game, leading 18-8 at the end of the first quarter and 39-18 at the half. Marysville would outscore Belle Plaine 15-6 and 14-11 in the third and fourth quarter.

The Dragons could never get in sync as Marysville dominated the boards – out rebounding Belle Plaine 44 to 16, 23 to 6 in the first half.

Scenes from the state basketball tournament in Salina…

Sumner Newscow report — It’s over for the Wellington girls basketball team that was eliminated by a very good Bishop Miege team in the first round of the Class 4A Div. 1 state tournament in Salina. Here are six pictures we have from Thursday’s night game, and various games throughout the year. Click here to start the slide show. 

State Tournament semifinal schedule…

Sumner Newscow — State tournament schedule 4A girls, 3A boys, 1A-DII boys and girls for today: Belle Plaine boys play at 4:45 p.m., Caldwell boys play at 8:15 p.m. We will be featuring live twitter updates from Hutchinson and provide scoring updates from Dodge City. 


At Sports Arena, Hutchinson

Thursday’s quarterfinals

Belle Plaine 63, Galena 62

Marysville 62, Silver Lake 44

Cheney 54, Norton 44

SE-Saline 56, Hugoton 39

Friday’s semifinals

Belle Plaine (16-8) vs. Marysville (20-4), 4:45 p.m.

Wellington falls to Bishop Miege in first round of state tournament 63-49

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader season came to an end on a spirited 63-49 loss to three-time defending state champion Bishop Miege Thursday night in the first round of the state tournament at the Tony Pizza Center in Salina.

Lauryn Snipes

Wellington was trailing 47-45 at the 4:25 mark of the fourth quarter when Miege brought the ball down court hit a layup, created a steal and then buried a trey to take a 52-45 lead.

The Crusaders, who were down as many as eight points in the first half against the Stags, seemed to not have have anything left in the tank to make a trademark comeback. The hard charging Miege team would go on to win by 14 – a score not indicative of the game.

This was clearly the best team Wellington played all season. Miege was quick, fast, and had deft three-point shooting stroking six of them in the first half alone and seven for the game.

Belle Plaine stuns No. 2 seed Galena 63-62 in 1st round state game

Peyton Nolan scores 16 points to help lift Belle Plaine to victory.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Belle Plaine head coach Joe Newman thought Caleb Sturgeon made two, maybe three, 3-pointers all season. He made two today – both very late. They were essential to the Dragons’ 63-62 upset of Galena in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament in Hutchinson.

The Dragons, a seventh seed, will advance to the second round in their first state tournament performance in 11 years.

“He wouldn’t have been the first player for me to choose to make a three that late in the game,” Newman said. “But he did exactly how he was taught in practice.”

With the game tied at 57-all at the minute mark, Belle Plaine spread the floor and isolated the senior in the corner. His shot beyond the arch was money and the Dragons took a 60-57 lead. They would not relinquish the lead thereafter.

Wellington student body has send-off pep rally for girls basketball team

The Wellington Student body holds pep rally for the WHS girls basketball team.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington High School student body and Eisenhower Elementary school students were on hand to wish the Crusader girls basketball team good luck going to state. There was a sendoff pep rally this morning. One hour later, the girls boarded the bus and headed to Salina to battle the Bishop Miege Stags at 8:15 p.m. at the Tony Pizza Center.

Sumner Newscow will have live tweets of the game. We will also have live tweets of the Belle Plaine vs. Galena game in Hutchinson at 3 p.m.

Caldwell girls are eliminated from first round of state tournament over Otis-Bison

Sumner Newscow report — The Caldwell girls found a bad time to turn ice cold from the field.

Caldwell girls were eliminated from the Class 1A Division II state tournament in Dodge City losing to Otis-Bison 53-46 Wednesday afternoon.

The Cougars would outscore the Bluejays 5-2 in the final minute after Caldwell narrowed the margin to two on a Hanna Stuewe steal and layup at the 1:29 mark.

The wheels literally fell off the Caldwell bandwagon thereafter as Stuewe fouled out and the Bluejays couldn’t get a shot to fall thereafter. 

The official state tournament preview for 4 Sumner County teams

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Not since 2011, has there been this many Sumner County basketball teams embarking on tournament weekend.

That year Sumner County had four teams including an eventual state champion with the Argonia girls.

Today at 4:45 p.m., the Caldwell girls will be the first team to play from Sumner County when the Lady Bluejays battle Otis-Bison at the United Wireless Arena in Salina. 

Then on Thursday, three Sumner County teams will be set to battle. Belle Plaine boys start play at 3 p.m. when they square off against the top seed Galena at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Top seed Caldwell boys will be playing at 4:45 p.m. against Axtell.

Wellington girls will then battle Bishop Miege at 8:15 p.m. at the Tony Pizza Event Center in Salina.

We will be keeping you posted via Twitter on the various Sumner County games. Sumner Newscow will be providing our own live tweet updates tomorrow of the Belle Plaine boys game in Hutchinson and Wellington girls contest in Salina.

The following is a preview of the four games about to be played.

Class 4A I girls  – Tony’s Pizza Event Center, Salina

Wellington Heat needs host families, switching conference, hosting tournament…

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Heat will be returning to Wellington for a fifth year which will include a huge tournament this summer.

With less than 90 days until the first Heat game, the team is in need of host families. Several families have committed but they need a lot more host families. If you are interested or curious and would like to know more, please give one of the coaches/owner a call.

Chris Torres – 316-303-2878 or

Rick Twyman – 928-202-8380


Three place at state power lifting meet… All-League wrestlers announced… Pioneer Tournament… Girls BB pep rally Thursday

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Outside the world of basketball, there was a state power lifting contest, the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV all-league wrestling announcements, and the 2017 Pioneer League wrestling tournament. Speaking of basketball (which we weren’t) there is a public pep rally sendoff for the girls basketball team Thursday.


Matthew Mason, Jaycee Schettler and Brooke McCorkle.

State powerlifting meet

Three Wellington power lifters placed in the state powerlifting meet at Goddard on Saturday.

•Brooke McCorkle finished second in bench at 170 pounds.

•Matthew Mason was first in clean at 240 pounds, and first in squads at 315 pounds.

•Jaycee Schettler placed second in squats at 215 pounds; first in bench at 160 pounds.

She then placed first in clean at 185 pounds – a new state record.


All league AV-CTL DIV

Wellington was well represented in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail Div. IV wrestling all-league list. Wellington, as a team, was the league champion.

Those receiving honors were:

Wellington girls basketball team to get 12 FREE pizzas as Big Cheese Athletes of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —‚ This week’s Big Cheese Athlete(s) of the Week is the Wellington girls basketball team.

The Wellington girls qualified for the Class 4A State tournament at the Tony Pizza Center in Salina (same place, different name) where they will play Bishop Miege on Thursday at 8:15 p.m.

The Crusaders would beat Winfield in the Rose Hill sub-state first round on Friday, setting up the championship game between them and Rose Hill. The two teams had played on three different occasions during the regular season in which Rose Hill won twice. Two of those games went into overtime. The fourth one was a classic in which Wellington would win in the final seconds 38-35 after a 32-minute intense time of basketball.

For their effort, Big Cheese is donating a free delicious large pizzas to each 12 members of the team! Wow. When you are in need of a pizza fix, just remember that grand gesture from the local pizza restaurant at 324 N. Washington Ave.

State Tournament pairings announced for 4 Sumner County teams …

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The state tournament brackets involving the four Sumner County teams are as follows:

Class 4A I girls  – Tony’s Pizza Event Center, Salina

Thursday—KC Piper (21-1) vs. Abilene (16-6), 3 p.m.; McPherson (19-3) vs. Paola (18-4), 4:45; Circle (20-2) vs. Labette County (17-5), 6:30; Bishop Miege (19-3) vs. Wellington (17-5), 8:15.

Friday’s semifinals—KC Piper-Abilene winner vs. McPherson-Paola winner, 3 p.m.; Circle-Labette County winner vs. Bishop Miege-Wellington winner, 6:30.


Class 3A boys -Hutchinson Sports Arena

Thursday—Galena (20-3) vs. Belle Plaine (15-8), 3 p.m.; Marysville (19-4) vs. Silver Lake (17-6), 4:45; Norton (21-2) vs. Cheney (14-9), 6:30; Southeast-Saline (18-5) vs. Hugoton (17-6), 8:15.

Friday’s semifinals—Galena-Belle Plaine winner vs. Marysville-Silver Lake winner, 4:45 p.m.; Norton-Cheney winner vs. Southeast-Saline-Hugoton winner, 8:15.


Third place, 2 p.m.; championship, 6:15.


Class 1A II – United Wireless Arena, Dodge City

What a turnaround! Belle Plaine goes from 3-win season to sub-state champions

Belle Plaine wins the Fredonia sub-state as Caney Valley players look on. (Photo by Dawn Sturgeon).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Last summer, the Belle Plaine team was coming off a 3-18 season. Joe Newman was the sixth coach in six years, and Wellington had an opening for a head coaching job, Newman’s hometown.

Newman decided to stay in Belle Plaine, and eight months later, the Dragons are going to their first state tournament in 11 years with a 15-8 record.

Belle Plaine would beat Caney Valley 79-73 in overtime in Fredonia Saturday evening in a thrilling game. And now the Dragons prepare for Galena (20-3) on Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Hutchinson Civic Center in the Class 3A state tournament.

Belle Plaine would beat Eureka 66-47 in the first round, Douglass 68-61 and then Caney Valley. It has been quite a week.

Newman stated to his team his purpose going into sub-state:

Before our first round sub state game vs Eureka, during our pre game meeting, I put on the board “How bad do you want it? and what are you willing to do to get it?”  I continued to write that on the board before each sub state game. And each game, the guys would step up and make an unselfish play that would decide the outcome. With us being the number 1 seed we knew we had a great opportunity to do something incredible, but we were going to have to fight for it.”

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